A Second Harvest
(Men of Lancaster County #1)
by Eli Easton
David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.
Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.
But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.
Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.
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4.5 out of 5 stars
A Second Harvest is the first book in a new contemporary series by author Eli Easton.
I'll admit I wasn't sure what to expect with this story from the blurb. I mean, yes, I knew there would be a love story but I wasn't sure how David's religion would play into the story. Would he be seriously guilt ridden, would it be a story of one step forward, five steps back, or would it cause a lot of drama or angst? To answer that question well it's kind of a yes to all three scenarios but not in such a way that it loses the ultimate thread of the friends to lovers romance.
David isn't really conflicted with his religious beliefs so much as he is realizing that he's always followed what he was told he needed to do. As a child he followed what his parents said, including when his mom said it was time to marry, he got married and had children. When he was married, he followed what his wife wanted, until she passed away. Now in his 40's he is has the rare opportunity to reset his life and start over. Although when we meet David, he doesn't see a path for himself outside of living on his farm, doing the chores, and has realized that his children no longer need him and have grown up. He's a bit lost, and almost feels like he's at the point of just making it through every day to get to the next day.
Christie comes to Lancaster County after having had the scare of his life and promising himself to change things. He moves into his aunt's home after inheriting it with the intention of cleaning it out to get ready to sell it. But it also gives him the perfect place to re-evaluate what he was doing with himself. He meets David after he comes over to talk about leasing acreage on his aunt's land and is attracted to him almost immediately. But believing that David is straight, he decides having him for a friend is better than being lonely while he's there.
The change that gradually comes over both Christie and David is beautiful, just to see them both explore what is happening. Particularly David, who realizes that he doesn't have to hide himself away at least from Christie. What really makes it all work, is the joy in the small things between them, the utter wonder and ease of connection that they develop as the story progresses really is poignant. You aren't sure at first how David is going to overcome his upbringing, and the fact that he has two grown children that are both still deeply mired within the Mennonite faith. Will he risk the possibility of losing himself by staying alone, or will he risk the possibility of losing his children by telling them his feelings for Christie.
Overall this was a sweet (yes even with the steamy sex between them), tender, and overwhelmingly lovely romance to read. There was just enough angst, and conflict to keep the story moving forward and more then enough steam between Christie and David to make their relationship work. I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner scenes because it gave David an escape from his everyday life, and allowed Christie to do something special for him. The story itself was well paced, with great primary and secondary characters. I would have liked a little more story at the end about the resolution with David and his children but I'm very okay with where the story itself ended.
I look forward to the rest of this series and where the author goes from this book.
About The Author
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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